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Dr. Tarnia Taverner

Dr. Tarnia Taverner is the CEO of Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. Prior to her role at Canuck Place, Tarnia was Senior Director with Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) for BC Children’s Hospital (BCCH). In her role at BCCH, she directed the operations and administration of the emergency and trauma departments, medicine/surgery, oncology/hematology and bone marrow transplant programs, vascular access team, and the nursing resource team.

Before to her role as senior director with PHSA, Tarnia was Clinical Director for Fraser Health Authority (FHA) with Delta Hospital, overseeing medicine, surgery, emergency department, ambulatory, endoscopy, respiratory therapy, residential care and volunteer services.

Prior to her work at FHA and BCCH, Tarnia was an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia.  Tarnia has presented her research at national and international conferences and has published in 20 publications and scientific peer-reviewed journals. In 2019, she received the Medal of Distinction from UBC, for her services to healthcare and the nursing profession. Tarnia has served as a director on the boards of PainBC, Ronald McDonald House BC, and the Canadian Association of Nursing Research (CANR).

Internationally, Tarnia was instrumental in the partnership between UBC and Baba Farid University of healthcare, Punjab India, establishing a centre of nursing excellence. Tarnia came to Canada from the UK, where she earned her nursing degree from Guildford University, her Master’s Degree in pain management with the School of Anaesthesia at Leicester University, and her PhD in the School of Medicine at Leeds University.

Tarnia resides in Tsawwassen with her two sons, George and Archie.